JANE Bolsover loves her job. The trained fashion designer is the costume displayer and co-ordinator at the International Craft and Hobby Fair.
She is in charge of all the feature sections at the events put on by the company, who organise creative, craft, cake, design, textile, sewing and hobbycraft shows across the UK.
Because of her fashion background she particularly enjoys the costume sections and each year has to come up with new creative ideas.
It was a trip to see Les Miserables at the cinema which put her on the trail of this year's collection.
"Like most other people I thought the film was amazing," she said. "I really loved the costumes and wanted them for this year's Stitch, Sew & Hobbycrafts shows."
But it wasn't an easy task and it took Jane months to track them down. Spanish costume designer Paco Delado was Oscar-nominated for his lavish and imaginative designs for Tim Hooper's epic screen adaptation.
"The costumes were made by two individual design houses so they were really difficult to find," said Jane. "Luckily I was able to make contact with the British assistant who worked with Paco Delado and managed to get hold of some of them.
"I am so excited. I feel a bit like Sherlock Holmes solving a case. The costumes I have got are amazing and they will go on display at the show at Westpoint in Exeter from September 26 to 29 for the very first time."
The film is based on a novel by the famous French poet and novelist Victor Hugo, set in 19th century France.
Paco designed costumes for the all-star cast including Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, and comedy duo The Thénardiers, Helen Bonham Carter and Sasha Baron Cohen. On show in Exeter will be one of the outfits worn by Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean.
It is the costume worn when he becomes Major and consist of a long grey coat, blue/grey waistcoat, white shirt and beige long trousers.
There will also be two costumes worn by Russell Crowe as Javert, the ruthless policeman who becomes obsessed with trying to catch Jean Valjean.
The first outfit is the one worn at the beginning of the film and consists of a long leather coat, cream breeches, long boots, and a navy waistcoat.
The second outfit is a fine dress uniform with red medal and bi-corn hat, worn when he is on horseback addressing his men before the funeral of General Lamarque, and also when he inspects the aftermath of the student massacre, where he attaches this red medal to the body of a small boy.
Jane is particularly pleased to have been able to get hold of a couple of the costumes worn by comedy duo The Thénardiers, Helena Bonham Carter and Sasha Baron Cohen – and they form the centre of the display.
They were worn in the hilarious scene when the unscrupulous pair, as innkeepers, steal from their clientele.
Helena wears a fabulous patchwork skirt, with a red and black embroidered bodice, green corset and knitted shawl. Sasha wears a rather worn military style jacket, with gold braid decoration and epaulettes; the outfit is topped off with a tri-corn hat.
The second Sasha Baron Cohen costume is worn towards the end of the film when the pair gatecrash the wedding of Cosette and Marius, in yet another comical scene. It is made from bright yellow-and-black striped silk fabric, with a highly embroidered waistcoat underneath.
"The costumes are all great and I was really lucky to get them," said Julie. "It was a bit of a mission but well worth the effort. In fact it was only three weeks ago when I got the final confirmation that I could have them – which was very scary.
"They make a great attraction at the show and I am sure lots of people will enjoy looking at them.
"I love my job. Each year I come up with my own ideas and then have to make them work. I love watching the expressions on people's faces when they see the features and displays.
"It makes all the hard work really worthwhile."
THE Stitch, Sew & Hobbycrafts show will be at Westpoint in Exeter from September 26 to 29. Visitors will also be able to enjoy the latest products, ideas and innovations from more than 180 exhibitors.
There will also be the popular Sewing Hub; a Sewing Machine Clinic; Dressmakers' Pattern Bar; a Fashion, Handbags and Gladrags display; Hidden Histories, a newly inspired collection from the Quilters' Guild of the British Isles; popular Devon knitting duo Ruth and Belinda will present their latest knitting challenge to raise money for charity, The Craft Club; and a specialist Artist's Area.
There will be everything from sewing, knitting and quilting to papercraft, cardmaking and jewellery making and the latest innovations from the world of creative craft. And visitors can enjoy a free programme of Quick & Easy Workshops, talks and demonstrations each day of the show.
For details or to book tickets please visit www.ichfevents.co.uk. Alternatively, phone the Ticket Hotline on 01425 277988.